Paulina Rubio 'Likes' Donald Trump, Thalia Struts in Yellow & More Memorable Moments at 'Las Que Mandan' Concert
The head-scratching at The Forum spilled onto Twitter on Saturday when Mexican pop singer Paula Rubio, as part of Univision's Uforia concert series in Los Angeles, said: "Donald Trump, we like you. We like you, Donald Trump," as she addressed an empowerment concert for Latin women.
The Las Que Mandan (Women In Charge) show, filled to capacity at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., featured six major recording artists, including Thalia, Yuridia, Natti Natasha, Paquita la del Barrio, Gloria Trevi, Mariachi Divas and Rubio.
Rubio, during an interview that night on local Univision Radio station K-LOVE, addressed the comments she made about the president, hinting at her cynical remarks, but more importantly, she said, it all points to strong women and Latinos. "Latinos are in this country to improve ourselves and be at the same level as any gringo, and that's what we need to do for new generations," Rubio said. "Nobody is going to say, 'Pay for the wall.'"
When it comes to female empowerment, Rubio emphasized that it's key to look at all the women who came before, from her mom to Frida Kahlo, who have "opened new roads ... and it's a good new moment [right now] for a woman, a girl or an adolescent to dream big, and dreams can become real, but one has to make it happen."
Mexican singer Paquita la del Barrio, 71, spoke to Billboard before hitting the stage to talk about being part of a showcase highlighting strong women.
"We need more shows like this to show women that they are not alone," she said. "This message is important and I want to see this theme continue growing through the years."
La del Barrio, who has been public with her ongoing issues with her label Musart, said she still does not have access to her catalog of iconic songs, which means she's in a corner even as she wants to record projects in the studio, but can't. "I simply cannot record these songs," she said, adding, "which means I may have to pursue a lawsuit."
The night's show was ultimately a celebration of music, sisterhood and women sticking together as the female musical stars showed fans through song, dance and conversation that women can do what they choose to do. Here are four moments that made the crowd get up from their seats and cheer on the divas.
The show goes on
Among several dress changes, Thalia danced in a long yellow shimmering dress and later revealed a dress with a cape and a neon yellow/green swimsuit-type outfit to show off her athletic build as she grooved with her dancers. Thalia's fans clearly enjoyed their queen, because they kept chanting her name repeatedly and went even wilder when Natasha came out to sing their single "No Me Acuerdo" (I Don't Remember) about women having a girls-only night without their men. Then, the sound went off, but both singers just went into a cappella mode and showed everyone that with or without music, women can make anything happen. Bravo.
A Trump message
Paquita La del Barrio walked around the stage to belt out her songs about broken hearts, cheating men and ultimate independence. Backstage, the sassy singer said she had a message for President Donald Trump: "Support our families because all they want to do is work and do well in this country. I hope [Trump] can see that we are just like anybody else."
Trevi's crystal ball
Backup dancers and a large-scale see-through ball made their way to the stage during Trevi's set as images of pills fell across the background wall for the performance of her classic "Dr. Psquiatra." As the entertainer sashayed across the stage in black knee-length leather boots and a black and diamond-crusted suit, she triumphantly ended the song with "I’m crazy" as nearby fans screamed, reached out and took photos of the Mexican diva with their cell phones.
Mexican singer Yuridia simply performed a set of her pop ballads and let her vocal chops and music speak for itself. Fans liked what she had to offer because many of them almost didn't let her finish her own songs, such as "Como yo nadie te ha amado" ("No One Has Loved You Like Me"). One of the most soulful performances of the night, Yuridia also looked stunning and elegant in an earth-toned dress and later, in a published interview, said that as a young girl, she adored Trevi, big time. "Who would have thought I'd be performing with her tonight?"